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By Lucy Johnson
PARROTS players and the public learnt
about the risks of the drug Ice at a Fight
Against Ice forum last Thursday eve-
Held at the Leongatha Football Netball Club
social rooms, the forum was the ninth of 17 fo-
rums in Gippsland in conjunction with AFL
Gippsland, Gippsport and Victoria Police.
AFL Gippsland football development man-
ager Chelsea Caple introduced the event in which
keynote speaker Gavin Crosisca spoke of his for-
mer drug addiction during his football career.
“Every club has been very proactive in taking
on the information they have received at these fo-
rums,” Ms Caple said.
“There is a prevalence of Ice in the communi-
ty and it is important for sports clubs to make the
most of partnering with the government and local
organisations to get educated on the matter.”
Gippsport representative Gene Parini pro-
moted the implementation of a drug policy at the
“We support all sports clubs in developing a
drug and alcohol policy through the Good Sports
program. The policy enables clubs to link in with
welfare officers and establish a plan for their
players,” he said.
“It is far better to have a policy in place rather
than have to come up with solutions when the
club becomes concerned for the welfare of a
player who may be dabbling in drugs.”
Leongatha Football Netball Club did not have
a drug policy prior to the Fight Against Ice fo-
“All the clubs we have spoken to are now
looking to adopt a policy of their own,” Mr Parini
Acting Senior Sergeant Ben McWilliam of
Morwell Police urged people to be informed.
“Learn what you can about the signs of drug
use so you can identify when those around you
may be using,” he said.
“As a parent it is important to set clear bound-
aries. Communicate and do not accept violent
or aggressive behaviour. Always contact police
ACSO alcohol and other drug community as-
sessor Jasmin Friend spoke about local rehabilita-
ACSO is an intake and assessment service
that assesses drug and alcohol addicts to deter-
mine goals and referral to appropriate services.
The organisation offers residential withdraw-
al, care and recovery coordination, and residential
detox and rehabilitation programs. It also offers
support for family and friends of addicts.
For more information contact ACSO’s Traral-
gon hub on 5172 2900 or refer a friend on 1300
Fighting ice: back, from left, AFL Gippsland football development manager Chelsea Caple,
Acting Senior Sergeant Ben McWilliam and Gippsport representative Gene Parini, and front,
from left, football committee member Rob Van Rooy, Gavin Crosisca, ACSO officer Jacinta
Friend and netball president Renae Littlejohn at the Fight Against Ice forum last Thursday.
Sport fights ice
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However the Black Spur realignment, which
will build a new section of highway to avoid the
existing bends, will not eventuate unless the State
Government commits another $25 million to the
total cost of the project.
While Victorian Roads Minister Luke Don-
nellan did not respond to The Star before going to
print, Labor candidate for McMillan Chris Buck-
ingham said while the funding was welcome, he
questioned Mr Broadbent’s motives in announc-
ing the funding just weeks out from the election,
when he has had many years to fix the problem.
“Any money brought into the electorate by
a politician is a good thing. But I am slightly
frustrated that after 10 years Russell is only now
bundling up his election commitments for South
Gippsland,” he said.
“If funding for Black Spur and the Long Jetty
(also granted funding on the proviso Mr Broad-
bent is re-elected) had been signed off prior to the
election, it would have been much more simple
for the community.
“Russell has made Black Spur funding an
election commitment which means he is saying if
we do not vote for him, we will not get the fund-
ing. I think we should not look a gift horse in the
mouth, but I wonder why he could not have got
this over the line in the past 10 years.”
Mr Chester said the South Gippsland High-
way had long been in need of a major overhaul.
“While the highway is not on the national road
network, Russell Broadbent has been a strong ad-
vocate to secure ‘off-network’ federal funding for
this road on behalf of his local community,” he
“This funding will not only change the lives
of South Gippsland residents and visitors, but it
can also save lives.”
Mr Broadbent said a major portion of the
funding would go towards the realignment of the
“The 3.4km section of the Black Spur bends is
steep and narrow and has been the scene of more
than a dozen accidents in the past five years, in-
cluding serious truck crashes,” he said.
“The realignment of this road is a high pri-
ority and we will consult with VicRoads and the
community to ensure local residents and freight
operators get home safely, and provide a safer
route for tourists.”
The funding is music to Gippsland South
MLA Danny O’Brien’s ears. He has campaigned
tirelessly to secure funding for the Black Spur
since his election.
“This is a fantastic outcome. I have been fight-
ing for this since the last state election,” he said.
Mr O’Brien said more than 4200 vehicles
drive the section of road each day, including 800
“I have written four letters to Parliament on
this matter and this announcement ensures there
is Federal Government money on the table ready
to be matched by the State Labor Government
which now needs to step up to the plate,” he
Coalition promises $25
million to fix danger road
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